From: John Rupkey
“The command I give you is this, that you should love one another.” - Jesus (John 15:17)
Every day in Winona, some youngsters are discovering that God created them gay. They feel scorned by Winona’s predominant religious community, which teaches that God considers the love they are experiencing disordered. This teaching forces many of them to express their new self-awareness by pretending they are something they aren’t, inside a psychological death trap, euphemistically called a “closet.”
Gays are people God creates in such a way that they fall in love with members of their own sex. When I was a teenager in the ‘50s, it was unknown people like this existed. The commonly accepted belief was that everyone was created heterosexual; therefore, falling in love with a member of one’s own sex was considered unnatural. This was the persistent belief extending back to the times when the Bible was written.
Some Biblical writers condemned what they believed were heterosexuals making unnatural sexual choices, but they never wrote anything about gay people because they couldn’t write about that which they didn’t know existed. Likewise, they never wrote anything about the Copernican solar system and evolution, because they didn’t know those things existed.
Misusing the Bible to reject scientific knowledge is insignificant compared to misusing the Bible to teach Winona’s beautiful gay kids to hate themselves.
This atrocity is perpetuated by religious people, and they are the only ones who can repair the significant damage being done by themselves, their religious neighbors, and their religious predecessors. This religious abuse is cruel and very damaging; it needs to stop. Some might fear doing anything to help heal the damage, but “love has no room for fear,” (1 John 4:18).
“This, remember, is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another,” (1 John 3:11). Teaching kids self-hate theology is not love; it rejects Jesus.
Winona’s gay kids deserve a pervasive religious atmosphere in their hometown that rejects self-hate theology and welcomes them with understanding, acceptance, and love. Only religious people can create this.
When will they begin?